Monday, March 28, 2011

Butter Naan- Tandoori oven effect made easy

Tandoor naan is my all time favourite.We used to crave for naans in  India,But I have not tried there.After coming to US,started trying this out at home.Previously used to prepare on the tava.It will be soft ,but I was not able to get that smoky naans with brown spots.I was searching thru net to get a tandoor effect for naans.Then came to know the procedure of  making tandoor naans at home thru a you tube video.Cooking naan on a flame is impossible,here as we have electric heaters.So I used the technique of using pans - covering the stove.It gave the naans brown spots and smoky flavour.This method is bit time consuming,but the outcome is so perfect .



Ingredients:
1.All purpose flour                            -          2 1/2 cups
2.yeast                                               -          2 tsp
3.Salt                                                 -          1/2 tsp
4.Sugar                                              -           1/2 tsp
5.Curd                                               -           1 tbsp
6.Luke Warm water                           -           1 cup or as required
7.Oil                                                  -            3 tbp
8.Wheat flour                                     -            2 tbsp (for dusting)

Method:
Preparing  the Dough:
* Take the luke warm water ,add sugar and yeast.Mix and keep it aside for 10 mins.
* After 10 mins,the mix would have become frothy.
* Take a mixing bowl,add flour,salt and curd.
* Crumble it well and now add the yeast water .
* Knead  it into a firm ,yet soft dough.
* Add oil to the dough and cover with a wet towel.
* Keep the dough in a warm place for 2 hrs or untill it doubles in size.
*  Divide the dough into equal sized balls.


Rolling the naan:
After dividing the dough,let it rest for half an hour.This will make the balls again double in size.But I used a technique to reduce the time.I started rolling each ball and cooking it simultaneously.Instead of rolling all the balls and cooking it in a batch.This helps  other balls to raise in the mean time.
The picture shows theraised balls.

* Sprinkle  wheat flour and roll the balls into a medium thicknessed rotis.Using wheat flour for dusting ,helps  naan to spread a bit.
* Pull it into a oval shaped naan.

Cooking the naan in tandoor effect:
* Take a heavy bottomed pan.Apply water to one side of the naan and press it into the pan as shown in the  picture four.
* Now, turn on the stove to high ,place the naan pressed pan upside down .As shown in the picture five.The pan should cover the stove completely.This will create a tandoor effect,where naan gets cooked with smoke and  some fire spottings like the  picture six.


* When the naan gets cooked 90 % ,it will come out of the pan.Make sure that it doesn't fall on the stove .If so, naan will start burning ,after fallen on top of the coil.
* Now turn the naan and cook for a minute  on top of the flame ,with the help of the spatula as shown in the seventh picture.Dont over cook the naan,then it will become hard.
* The eighth picture shows the naan cooked on the other side.

Immediately apply butter or oil and cut the naan into 2.Serve it with any side dish.

Note:
* Instead of using pans,we can also use small pressure pans,which has heavy bottomed.
* Once the naan is cooked on the first side,ther others side will be cooked quickly.So dont keep it on the flame too much.Dont try to cook the naan on the tava .It shud be cooked on top of the flame.
* Since we have electric stoves,I have used this method.In India,we have gas burners.So we can show the naan directly on the flame,instead of covering it on the stove.


Sending this to Ayeesha's A.W.E.D Indian Cuisine started by D.K

53 comments:

Now Serving said...

Gimme Gimme - Hot from the oven butter naans - not resistible! Killing me Savitha esp at lunch time :)

Suja Sugathan said...

Wow delicious naan,looks superb..Thanks for sharing dear,looks a beautiful way to prepared tandoori naan

Ila said...

wonderful and looks yummy :)

aipi said...

Perfection ! homemade is always the best..
Great pictorials.

US Masala

Pavithra said...

The Naan look super perfect and soft and yummy.

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

that's an interesting method to recreate tandoori naan..

Chitra said...

That is amazing!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Tandoor naan at home sounds a nice idea..and great stepwise. Bookmarked to try :)

Nisa Homey said...

Nice presentation....I too make in tawa to get the tandoor effect...

Krithi's Kitchen said...

This is indeed a great tip Savi..I also have coil stove so this is really useful to me.. Gonna try soon...

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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

nice way of preparing tandoori naan !! Naan looks so perfect and delicious !!

Smitha said...

thats a very good technique...surely will try...they came out perfect!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Valarmathy Siva said...

Lovely so now I can make Naan at home..
Love them!!

Valar
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Vimitha Anand said...

I love naan and just gobble them up with any side dish and when made at home would be perfect and healthy too.. urs has come out perfect...
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Reva said...

Naans look so perfect... the method of preparation is new but from the outcome, I can c that it is the right way to do it ..
Reva

Kamakshi Prasanna said...

superb explanation and amazing tandoor naan at home..

Mélange said...

That involves lot of patience and hardwork Savitha.The first photograph tempting me to go kitchen and try some !! such golden cuties there..Yeah friend,when we go out of the country,we will try anything hard to get that taste of nation..That's the spirit..love,

Shanavi said...

Thanks for posting soon de, Sure am gonna try this method de ..Tremendous effort that shows ur passion and ur interest u r putting in

Vidhya said...

Great way to make home made Nans.Loved the pictorial it was helpful.

Samira said...

Indeed the first photo is very tempting and can push anybody to get going into the kitchen and make them... Was just planning to prepare some naans since a few days with mutton curry ( thats how it is most preferred at my place ) but was just being too lazy... That first pic has given me the required kick.... :-D Only thing I hate while preparing this kindo naans are the ulta tawa style.. we call it ulte taway ka naan.... The pics are quite yummy..... it seems they are teasing us... yum.. yum.. yum.....

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious and soft naan...yumm..

Pushpa said...

Awesome texture looks soft and superb.

Swathi said...

Butter nan looks delicious and yummy. Nice pictorials.

Swathi said...

Butter nan looks delicious, nice pictorials.

Divya Vikram said...

Naan looks so professionally made Savitha :)

Raji said...

Perfectly made...there is no substitution for homemade naans..delicious.

Priya said...

Never say no to Naans, urs looks super prefect and more inviting than the restaurant ones..

divya said...

The Naan look super perfect and soft and yummy.

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely pictures delicious naan looks wonderful

S.Menaga said...

Well prepared dear!!thxs for sharing this recipe...

R said...

what an awesome effort, the naans have come out perfect!

Only Fish Recipes said...

loved it ! naan is one of my favorites !I'm going to bookmark it !

Umm Mymoonah said...

I would never say no to this soft naan with some curries, your tawa version looks really great. Beautiful pictures. Thank you dear for making this wonderful entry to AWED :)

Preety said...

Haven't tried the naan yet..great step by step pics

A little bit of everything said...

Your naan looks great. I'd love a couple for my lunch tomorrow.
thanks for sharing

GEETHA ACHAL said...

ரொம்ப ஈஸியாக இருக்கு சவி..நான் அவ்னில் செய்து இருக்கேன்..இந்த முறையில் கண்டிப்பாக கூடிய சீக்கிரத்தில் செய்து விடுகிறேன்...


Bookmarked....

Kurinji said...

Very easy and tasty naan savi...

Priya's Feast said...

Nice recipe on homemade naan with stepwise pics...

Rachu said...

Wht an awesome idea! it look so classy and appealing.
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RAKS KITCHEN said...

Naan looks so tempting and nice,lovely pictorial! The first pic looks like restaurant style exactly!

Treat and Trick said...

Thanks for the tutorial and yours looks perfect and yummy!

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious naan..looks perfect

Biny Anoop said...

clever idea..thx

Prathibha said...

Love naan...looks just perfect,I also make it in similar way..:)

Prathibha said...

Love naan...looks just perfect,I also make it in similar way..:)

SheenaBabu said...

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Gayathri Anand said...

wow lovely dishes ...pass on to me ...mmmmm not just Naan , even ur mango lassi , cilantro rice ...all 3 looks yummy ..

Prathima Rao said...

These look perfect Savitha....Just like fresh out of the tandoor!!! Superb!!
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G.Pavani said...

soft n delicious naan and thanks for sharing ..

Reshmi Mahesh said...

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USHA said...

Looks perfect and lovely step-by-step snaps...

Rani acharyulu said...

Wow Savitha delicious butter nans.Looks so tempting.

Jill said...

Hi Savitha,

Your recipes look delicious! I'm Jill from an American recipe sharing website called Gourmandize, and I would be interested in setting up a short interview with you to feature on our site as 'Blogger of the Day'. If you are interested please email me back at jill@gourmandize.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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